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Poster: august_wst Date: Oct 29, 2010 9:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: and the funny part is

none of those are even Grateful Dead songs!

I always said the Dead were the highest paid cover band in the world

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Poster: ducats Date: Oct 29, 2010 9:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: and the funny part is

THAT'S THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING I EVER READ

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Poster: august_wst Date: Oct 29, 2010 10:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: and the funny part is

how so?

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Poster: ducats Date: Oct 29, 2010 3:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: and the funny part is

a cover band that NOBODY HAS EVER SOUNDED ANYTHING LIKE THEM BEFORE OR SINCE?

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Oct 29, 2010 12:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: and the funny part is

HA ! You are right ! They did do He's Gone, FOTD, and Sugaree , which at least comes from Garcia's pen !

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Poster: Daddy D Date: Oct 29, 2010 3:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: and the funny part is

It's true that the The Grateful Dead did cover a lot of songs by other artists. Thankfully they had pretty good taste in music & so covered some great songs. In fact, IMO, they often/occasionally/sometimes played the songs better than the original artist did themselves. I'm thinking in particular of Dylan--I often thought they Jerry's voice & inflection put more energy, meaning, & emotion into the songs than Dylan ever did. Moreover:

For those of us who toured with / followed the Dead (or any band for that matter) it gets old hearing the same old songs night after night. The Dead were touring monsters, and no matter how big your play-list of original songs is, when you tour as often & play as long sets & shows as they did, you've got to throw some other stuff into the mix.

My only complaint is that they didn't vary the covers they played more often! It go to the point where if I heard , Lovelight, Not Fade, Me & My Uncle, etc., one more time I was going to shoot myself (or Bobby . . .).

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Oct 30, 2010 7:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: and the funny part is

I feel that, usually, Dylan's original recording , is the better , but live, usually the Dead's versions were far more committed to Dylan's songs than he was, Jerry especially "got" Dylan, and Dylan himself felt that way . It is a shame they didn't try to work up some of Dylan's later stuff, I remember Weir saying that was something they were tossing about .
I always felt that , even when they had a large catalog of their own songs, they played covers, as much out of a sore of musical humility, tipping their hats to the past; and the root of my calling those "cover" songs Billy did, "originals" , is that the Dead so made those songs their own .
I did have a problem, that later , they started covering "classic rock" songs, that usually were not that original in choice , and in execution .
Yes, Weir's restricted song choice was sometimes bothersome .